Positives- Made the NCAA Tournament.. after 6 long years.
- 3 SEC road wins. That's 7 in the last 2 years.
- Won the San Juan Shootout. Much better than going O fer in St Thomas
- Had the guts to suspend players during a crucial time and it paid off. I didn't like, but it worked out okay.
Negatives- In game coaching... the last 30 seconds of the Creighton game was not an anomaly. We have posted about stuff like this for 3 years now.
- Half court offense- it seems like everyone is afraid to shoot except Green and sometimes Lacey and Hankerson. If we ain't runnin' we ain't scorin'
- Use of timeouts... DJC has pointed this out in previous posts better than I have... and it bothers me.
Overall Grade: C+
After starting off strong (albeit against weak competition), we lost a heart-breaker to Georgetown, followed by getting curb-stomped by Dayton. Losing to the Hoyas isn't horrible, but it was on our home court and IMO should've been a win. In the grand scheme of the season we beat ONE ranked team (Wichita State) and outside of the San Juan Shootout didn't exactly light it up in our non-conference slate.
The four game losing streak that started off @ $tate in of itself wasn't as bad as it seemed... except for the South Carolina loss. Again, losing to Vanderbilt isn't unexpected, but it was a home game and we were beaten down in it... at full strength no less. We were also throttled by the Gators in the 2nd half of our game against them in the regular season.
Let me stress that I really like our defensive intensity. Usually offense can fail from time to time, but defensive effort can be there all the time. Problem is the offense is rarely in sync.
At the end of year 3 I have questions if Anthony Grant is the man to get us to the level many of us Bama hoops enthusiasts hope for. We definitely play better defense, but our offense is even worse than what Gottfried had (and I was a vocal critic of his 5+ minute scoring droughts a game). I'm also concerned that at the end of year 3 we still don't have a legitimate outside threat and with JaMychal Green moving on... no real inside presence outside of Nick Jacobs (who's hook shot I like, but hate his defensive play).
One thing I lack confidence in is close games... if we are down in the closing minutes I have little faith in us pulling it out.
I get that in year 3 we made the NCAA tournament, but let's be honest... this team was not as good as last year's squad. I assume we'll make the tournament next season too, but will we consistently be one of those unranked teams that gets the 8-12 seed or will we take the next step and push on through to a 3-6 seed? At this time I'm not confident in the latter.
NO THIS IS NOT A GRANT SHOULD BE FAHRED POST...just real thoughts and where I see the program right now. As long as he keeps making the tournament and doesn't embarrass the program (which for sure I know he won't do) he'll be here as long as he wants to.
Also, note that my view doesn't reflect the 4 others that post on here.